Japan are the “Darlings” of World Rugby‏

Japan celebrates win over South Africa

Prior to what proved to be Japan’s final game at the Rugby World Cup, RNJ was asked to write a piece for Rugby Magazine.  The latest edition goes on sale today in Japan and this piece is included in Japanese. Here is the original English version that the magazine have kindly allowed us to print. Prior to leaving Japan for England and the Rugby World Cup, Brave Blossoms coach Eddie Jones said his team had two goals.   “We want to make the quarterfinals and we want to be remembered as the team … [Read more...]

Life on the road with the Brave Blossoms at RWC 2015

Japan celebrates win over South Africa

Three weeks ago when I was packing my bags ready to leave Yokohama for an 8-week road trip to the UK and Hong Kong, Japanese rugby was not exactly in the healthiest of states. There was talk World Rugby would pull the 2019 Rugby World Cup off them; the proposed Super Rugby side was a shambles and the general feeling was the Brave Blossoms would get hammered by the Springboks. Just goes to show what the experts know! In the space of two hours yesterday, the Super Rugby draw was made … [Read more...]

The Japan Squad for Rugby World Cup 2015

Ayumu Goromaru

Forwards Props: Keita Inagaki, Masataka Mikami, Kensuke Hatakeyama, Hiroshi Yamashita Hookers: Shota Horie, Takeshi Kizu, Hiroko Yuhara Locks: Luke Thompson, Shinya Makabe, Shoji Ito, Hitoshi Ono Back Row: Michael Leitch (c), Ryu Koliniasi Holani, Michael Broadhurst, Hendrik Tui,, Amanaki Lelei Mafi, Justin Ives  Backs Scrumhalves: Fumiaki Tanaka, Atsushi Hiwasa Flyhalves: Harumichi Tatekawa, Yu Tamura, Kosei Ono Centers: Craig Wing, Male Sa'u Wings: Kenki Fukuoka, Akihito Yamada, Karne … [Read more...]